Local Shout Out
Ankeny native Taylor Aukes (Mi Casa) currently plays for Minnesota State Mankato's MCLA team. The Mavericks compete in the tough Upper Midwest Lacrosse League against teams like Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth, and Iowa State. Their coach, Dylan Dickey, was recently interviewed on the MCLA Fan website (part of the Lacrosse All Stars network). Dickey's interview is part of the site's "Growing the Game" series. I highly recommend reading it, as well as the other interviews in the series.
-As a side note, I want to wish the Aukes and the Mavericks the best of luck against St. Thomas this weekend in the Clash of Purple.
Arguably the biggest star in the game, Paul Rabil is one of the few truly professional laxers. The former Hopkins middie plays for the Boston Cannons and Washington Stealth. He proved to be a key player for Team USA this summer. And he is well known for his Maverik Lacrosse and Under Armour advertisements. Rabil has now signed with Red Bull and has been filming promotional material at Red Bull Arena which led to a feature story in The New York Times.
University of Richmond Athletic Director Jim Miller discussed the possibility of the Spiders fielding an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse team in the Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday. The current team was recently elevated to "varsity club" status and will begin play in the MCLA. Miller plans to monitor the team over the next three seasons over the next three years with an eye on moving up the NCAA.